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New Salsa Fest gears up for July 5 debut Groupo Moya, Gary Glenn & 20X to perform
by BEN TINSLEY
May 15, 2014 | 43 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three Rivers-based Tejano band Groupo Moya.
Three Rivers-based Tejano band Groupo Moya.
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THREE RIVERS – Local Tejano musicians Groupo Moya—who recently released a new album titled On The Move—will grace the stage at the July 5 Big Bang Salsa Fest this year, joining noted performers the Chris Rybak Band (with Santiago Jimenez), and the Brush Country Music Jamboree (with guest performers Ricky Turpin playing twin fiddles with Joe Nixon).

Gary Glenn & 20X will headline the Salsa Fest’s evening performances.

Salsa Fest festivities will be punctuated with a much-anticipated Fourth of July fireworks display.

This is a new version of the long-standing event.

Barbara Vezell, who the city appointed as the event facilitator, said she is trying new, exciting things to make it even better.

In addition to the entertainment, there will be rides, face painting, salsa tasting and judging and vendor and food booths, all starting at noon on Saturday, July 5, at the Hilbert Kopplin Park here in Three Rivers.

Noted Salsa Fest performers are expected to include Sally Carlson, Debbie Reider, Conrad Gonzales, singer-fiddler Rocky King, South Texas singing legend Al Dean as well as Texas Lace—the “singing and fiddling” Nugent Sisters.

Also performing will be Cadeno y Sus Cojuento, Rob “Elvis” Carter, South of Heaven, and Pear Ratz.

The lineup is subject to change without notice, officials emphasized.

Vezell has said she expects this new location, enthusiastic volunteers and a definitive game plan to help increase the audience at the event.

Salsa Fest began in 2000 under the direction of Murrell Foster, executive director of the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce. However, the chamber board voted to discontinue their support of the event because of a change in sponsors. First National Bank decided to end its seven-year run of operating the salsa competition.

Also cited was a lack of volunteers, who have steadily declined over the years, Foster has said.

The city of Three Rivers subsequently decided to take over, and hired Barbara Vezell to manage it.
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